Eva Castellanoz, NEA National Heritage Fellow, 1987
Master Corona Maker and Healer
Wonderful people introduced me to art. Now I know that my parents were artists all through their bones. My dad would go to the river and get tree limbs and start to forge a chair with his machete. Then he'd make his own paint from plants he collected. While he was doing that, my mother would go out and get reeds to weave the seat for the chair. One was working in one corner and the other one was in the other corner, and they would start singing corridos (Mexican ballads) to each other, just out of their hearts, you know. Nothing was written down. So I grew up around that.
Eva Castellanoz has been making paper and wax flower bouquets and coronas, or crowns, for more than 50 years. Eva is also well known as a community curandera, or healer. She has a lot to share about self-discovery, courage, and living a meaningful life.